Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano has claimed he has turned down big money offers to leave Easter Road – but the Israeli has insisted he is only “concentrating” on getting the Hibees into Europe.
The Easter Road side have rocketed up the table since Paul Heckingbottom replaced Neil Lennon in February and are now in with a chance of qualifying for Europe.
Marciano insists that is his only focus just now despite receiving offers to leave Leith.
“I have a contract for two more years at Hibs and I want to finish this season in the best way possible. I really want us to get into Europe,” Marciano said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“It’s no secret that a lot of players from Scotland and from Hibs have moved to England, both the Premier League and the Championship. And England’s second and even third leagues are very strong leagues with great financial strength.
“And every summer I have had offers from Israel, including clubs that offered me higher sums than I earn here.
“But I haven’t made all the sacrifices in football just to return home straight away. I am only concentrating on Hibs.”
The keeper has ever been able to consistently hold down the number one spot at Easter Road for a variety of reasons but put in a performance against Celtic that shows just how good he can be.
With Paul Heckingbottom’s side unbeaten in the league since the former Leeds boss took charge, they’ll be hoping to finish the season strongly.
An eight-point gap in the league to Aberdeen with four games left means Europe seems incredibly unlikely – but then gain, so did a top-six finish when Heck took over.